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This page holds the match reports for all games completed so far this season. It is my intention to post at least a summary report for each game, at the same time as the result for the game, with full reports becoming available as and when those designated for the task turn in their copy. The current report will always be available in the latest section of the results page but will also be available here.

The links below provide a direct route to the report for each game plus access to the reports for seasons from 2000 to the present. It is also possible to link to them from the associated rolling results page entries and I hope to extend that facility to include all of the historical results pages, once I’ve figured out the best method of doing so.

Unless otherwise noted both summary and full match reports are written by your host and webmaster, Steve Pitts, as are all editorial comments and statistical notes. For reasons that are now lost in the mists of time, the reports are laid out in reverse chronological order, but hopefully the links above make that an unimportant detail.


16th September – Horsley & Send: 181 for 9   Badgers: 154 all out

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My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and there is only an outside chance that anything will be

Statistical Notes: Darrell batted in this one for the 150th time for the club which also happens to take him into a tie for 16th place on the all-time innings list with Albert Briscoe. By the end of his seventh over bowling he had also passed Steve Card into ninth place on the lifetime overs bowled list, thirty-five and a half away from the one thousand but more than 320 behind Alan Wilkes who is next on the list. His 4 for 41 were his best bowling figures since taking five at Tadworth last year and his tenth haul of four wickets or more.

Daniel Ward’s 3 for 28 were his best figures for over four years, almost exactly matching his performance against South Park Manor in 2014. Matt Mann’s 39 was his best batting performance since falling one run shy of a half-century on Ham Common in 2015.


9th September – Smallfield Manor: 162 for 8   Badgers: 70 all out

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My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and there is only an outside chance that anything will be

Statistical Notes: Not much to say in relation to this one, other than that five ducks is not a record (six has been achieved once over the period that I have full data, back to 1985 – against Ham & Petersham in 2006 – and I suspect that there may be other instances before that given some of the lower total scores in team history) nor is a high score of 16 anywhere near the worst we’ve managed with nobody other than Extras reaching double figures in the Reigate Cavaliers game in 2002 and not even sundries saving the day at Lingfield in 1993!?


2nd September – Badgers: 172 for 6   Blindley Heath: 167 for 8

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My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and there is only an outside chance that anything will be

Statistical Notes: A Badgers debut for Brad(ley) Cibardo and a return to the fold after the better part of two seasons for Daniel Ward, so despite the absence of any Gordons for only the second time in five years we still managed to field three family groupings amongst our eleven.

Daniel’s 45 runs opening the batting more than tripled his lifetime runs scored for the club – his 21 previous innings across 41 games played having amassed a grand total of 19 – a fact he himself was able to dig out of the archives during the game thanks to the wonders of modern telecommunications.

Vinny’s 5 for 25 was his first ever five-fer, bettering his 3 for 6 at Leigh last season, and are the best bowling figures for the club this season.


19th August – Leigh: 262 for 4 dec.   Badgers: 154 all out

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My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and there is only an outside chance that anything will be

Statistical Notes: Darrell’s 70 was his sixth half century (or better) for the Badgers and this was the 15th time that he had top scored in an innings.

Jake’s catch in this game was his 79th for the club, taking him past Foxy into eighth place on the all-time list, with Greggy currently three ahead of him in seventh.


12th August – Old Whitgiftians: 114 for 8   Badgers: 102 for 6

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Statistical Notes: Being a twenty over game this one does not count towards the averages.


5th August – West Monkton: 248 for 8   Badgers: 238 for 7

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My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and there is little or no chance that anything will be now

Statistical Notes: Jake’s fifty was his 27th for the Badgers, one behind Dave Tickner and Brent Noble for sixth place in the all-time list of those that have passed fifty in an innings for the club. Hard to believe that it was only a little more than four seasons ago when he scored his first. The forty extras we were gifted in this game would be remarkable were it not for the fact that Whiteley Village went one better earlier this year.

Jake’s catch in this game was his 78th for the club, taking him into a tie with Foxy for eighth on the all-time list. Ben’s trip to the crease was his 127th innings for the Badgers, which puts him 21st on that list, one behind Windy. During his seventh over Billy passed David Aldwinckle into 18th in lifetime overs bowled whilst his four maidens took him past Dave Bowerman into tenth place on that list.


4th August – Badgers: 235 for 6   South Brent: 166 all out

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My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and there is little or no chance that anything will be now

Statistical Notes: Wardy’s fifty was his first for the club since making exactly the same score at Blindley Heath in 2016 whilst Mark’s unbeaten half century was the 37th time that he has finished a Badgers innings unbeaten on fifty or more – which is more times than all bar Alan Tickner and Pat Redding have even reached that milestone in club history. The 54 that Graham finished up with took him past Chris Morgan into eleventh place on the all-time run scoring charts, with Foxy in tenth well within his sights.

Greggy passed 1500 runs for the club early in his knock in this one, making him the 23rd Badger to score that many and – whilst there is no statistic related to this fact I just feel that it deserves mention – he also took two superb slip catches including one off Rob that absolutely beggared belief (and had him seeing stars he hit the deck so hard yet still clung on to the ball).

Billy’s crazy figures in this one (four overs for no runs) saw him pass Andy Parker into eleventh place on the all-time list of maidens bowled, with Dave Bowerman in tenth just a couple more ahead and the wicket he took drew him alongside Foxy in twelfth place on that lifetime list.


3rd August – Upottery: 122 for 8   Badgers: 113 for 6

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My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and there is little or no chance that anything will be now

Statistical Notes: Being a twenty over game this one does not count towards the averages and therefore Greggy took the opportunity to add two more wickets to his tally in such unofficial contests.


1st July – Ewell: 198 for 4   Badgers: 199 for 9

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[This summary courtesy of Vinny Cibardo]

Summary: Another good win last Sunday against a decent Ewell CC side, although it did get a bit too close at the end. Ewell set us 199 to win and we were on course to reach it comfortably with Jake hitting a nice 50, then we had a small collapse mid order, losing three wickets for not many runs. Mark and Monty then steadied the ship and got us back on track before another mini collapse meant we still needed 23 with just me left in the hutch. I managed to keep out the five balls I faced (our partnership was 14 balls) and then Mark went about scoring the runs, including a three off a misfield, to reach his 50 and win the game.

Statistical Notes: The 23 run partnership that Mark and Vinny put on for the tenth wicket, whilst being a long way off the record for that wicket, is the highest tenth wicket stand in club history to win a game (the higher ones all having come batting first, in a losing cause or to save a draw) – bettering the 22 that Steve Card and Mark’s father Roy put on to win the game against Riverside in August 1979.

Jake continues to move up the rankings for half centuries, whilst Mark extends his lead in that category, but the incomplete Teddington game means that I am unable to confirm the exact impact of those scores. I can tell you, because I am keeping track of some milestones manually at the moment, that Greggy batted for the 205th time for the club, taking him past Barry Passmore into tenth on the all-time list of innings; before completing his first over, Bill passed Graham Davenport into 19th place on the list of overs bowled; and off the first ball of his second over Darrell matched Dave Tickner’s lifetime runs allowed for the club, moving past him nine balls later to take sole possession of seventh place on that list (nearly 2000 more behind his Great Uncle Allan in sixth).

PLEASE NOTE that there were a number of queries regarding the scoring record when I came to process the game after my holiday (I really need to avoid missing games), the boring detail of which can be found in the Statistical Sett.


24th June – Whiteley Village: 153 all out   Badgers: 155 for 5

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My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and there is little or no chance that anything will be now

Statistical Notes: There should have been another debutant this week but he did not turn up and thus it was left to the two Daniels most recently inaugurated to lead the batting – in the absence of both Jake and Mark for the first time since Ockley in 2013 which, by no coincidence, was also the last time that Darrell led the Badgers – with Daniel Allen making his maiden fifty for the club in fine style, barring one short mid innings wobble, sharing an 87 run fourth wicket partnership with Dan Pischedda that took the Badgers from a position of nervous uncertainty to the brink of a comfortable win, standing firm to see his side home and in the process becoming the first Badger this season to make an unbeaten fifty or more.

Allan’s first appearance of the season means that he has now played in 36 different seasons, including 1959, and thus passes Roy into fourth place on the all-time list, with only the Tickners and myself having played in more. The situation is slightly more complicated if we only take into account seasons qualifying for the averages, where he is tied for fourth on 29 with both Roy and Brian Moore. Just need to turn out four or five more times this season and you should be able to snag that one on your own Al!?

The forty one extras that Whiteley kindly donated to the Badgers ties a record, at least for the period for which I have full data in the database – currently back as far as 1985 – with only Crondall back in 1994 being equally profligate.


17th June – Badgers: 165 all out   Ottershaw & Hamm Moor: 133 all out

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[This summary courtesy of Vinny Cibardo]

Summary: Last week we played Ottershaw and Hamm Moor CC in a timed game. The Badgers were asked to bat first and thanks to a solid 52 from Rob Knew and an excellent 67 from Dan Pischedda on his Badgers’ debut we managed to set the opposition a tempting target of 166 to win. The opposition’s innings started like an express train, their openers racing to 40 quite quickly, it was at this point that Skip decided to take the pace off the ball allowing Jake, Darrell and myself to slow their run rate down before we set about dismantling them. Jake took 5 for 55 from his 12 overs, Darrell 2 for 22 from his 5.3 overs and myself 3 for 19 off 10.3 overs. Seven of the wickets featured a Gordon, four of them featured BOTH Gordons!! Ottershaw finishing all out for 133. So another strong all round performance from the Badgers.

Statistical Notes: Another debutant this week in the shape of Dan Pischedda – someone that Darrell (and I) have known since they were both babes in arms and who he has been trying to get to play for us for well over a decade – who started as a Badger with a fifty, and a 114 run fifth wicket partnership with Rob, that rescued the visitors from a parlous 36 for 4 to the dizzy heights of 150 from where we lost the final six wickets for another fifteen runs.

Rob also scored a half century, his fifth for the club and second this season, and yet again brought up the 50 with a six. That fifth wicket partnership of 114 ties the sixth best in club history. Greggy’s brief appearance at the wicket was his 204th innings for the club, tying him with Barry Passmore for tenth on the lifetime innings list.

Jake’s five-fer was the first for the club since Bill’s 5 for 21 at Oxted last year and his second, and second best, for the Badgers – behind the 5 for 19 at Westfield in 2014. His two catches take him past Allan into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time list of outfield catches. Mark’s five wicket-keeping dismissals, four catches and a stumping, were the first time that has been done since Cudham in 1995 when I conjured three stumpings and two catches (those were the days!?)


10th June – Newdigate: 270 for 9   Badgers: 241 for 9

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My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and there is little or no chance that anything will be now

Statistical Notes: The third Badgers debutant of the season with Daniel Allen, whose sister turned out for us at Tadworth last year, introduced into the bowling attack whilst the opposition were in full flow but returning the favour with a few well struck blows of his own opening the batting.

Two balls into his fourth over Jake became the eleventh Badger to allow 3000 runs for the club and amazingly just over thirteen later, off the fifth ball of the fifth over of his spell, Rob also allowed his 3000th run whilst toiling away for the Badgers’ cause. On a more positive note Bill and Rob continue to duel for the right to move into eleventh on the lifetime maidens list, with Rob having tied things up whilst Bill was absent last week and the pair recording one each in this game, still six behind Andy Parker. Bill also took his 150th wicket for the club, tying him with Dave Bowerman and Albert Briscoe in 13th on the all-time list, and passed Pete Legge into 20th in overs bowled.

This was the fourth time we’ve allowed 270 or more runs in an innings, all of them fielding first unsurprisingly, but we took more wickets in this one than across the other three combined and came far closer than ever before to matching such a total. For the strong of stomach the offending matches were against Blindley Heath in 2007, Maori Oxshott in 2009 and Wallington in 2013.

The Badgers have scored more than 240 only nine times, this being the fifth time batting second with the previous four instances yielding two wins, a loss and a drawn game. Our only previous loss scoring that many runs was against Hook Norton on the 2003 Tour.

Mark strode to the wicket for the 400th time for the club, the fourth Badger to do so and almost certainly the youngest to reach that milestone. Jake’s fifty was his 25th for the Badgers, tying him with Dave Tickner for the seventh most, although Dave also had three hundreds so perhaps should be viewed as having reached 50 on three more occasions than Jake. Darrell made fifty in consecutive games for the first time, something that Jake did twice last season, including three in a row in September.

Whilst changing after the game, the last one in the changing rooms as usual, I overheard a conversation on the verandah outside about the confusion between Greggy’s wickets taken on his personal page and on the lifetime averages page. We had all forgotten about it by the time I emerged, but I thought it best to explain it here rather than have the conversation recur until I was able to recall all of the details. Darrell did a good job explaining the whys and wherefores, which were already covered off on the Q&A page, but the current confusion has led me to add a table to that entry of all games that exist in the database but do not count towards the official averages and if one were to track back it would become apparent that Greggy played in the last three games in that table and took three wickets in the Tadworth T20, three more at Martinstown and one at Cholmondley, accounting for the seven wicket difference between the two sets of figures.

PLEASE NOTE that there were a handful of queries regarding the second innings scorebook, the boring detail of which can be found in the Statistical Sett.


3rd June – Badgers: 200 all out   Teddington Town: 149 all out

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My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and there is little or no chance that anything will be now

Statistical Notes: Darrell reached the half century for the first time since his hundred against Cuddington game in 2016 whilst Jake was dismissed on 49 for the second time in his Badgers career so I was unable to offer the same consolation as last time at Beddington last year.

The 74 that Darrell and Jake added for the second wicket is their best together with the previous coming in that Cuddington game.

Jake’s catch in this game means that he is tied with Ben for tenth place on the all-time list with the next half dozen above him looking increasingly vulnerable, if not this season then whenever he next plays beyond that.

Finally, this was at least my 550th game for the Badgers, still 25 (give or take a game or three either way) behind Alan Tickner who holds the club appearances record with at least 575.

PLEASE NOTE that there was considerable detective work required to sort out the scoring record and the associated Play-Cricket data entered by the opposition, the boring detail of which can be found in the Statistical Sett.


27th May – Badgers: 185 for 8   Banstead: 153 for 6

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My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and there is little or no chance that anything will be now

Statistical Notes: For the second week running a Badger reached fifty by hitting a six, with Rob doing so to notch up his fourth half century for the club and his first since the Iscoyd game on the 2016 Tour.

Darrell’s first wicket took him out of a tie with Steve Card for eighth place on the all-time wicket takers list and he finished the game with 213. It is likely to be a long time before he passes anyone else as Greggy in seventh has 293 to his name.


20th May – Dormansland: 173 for 9   Badgers: 165 for 8

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My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and there is little or no chance that anything will be now

Statistical Notes: Rod’s 50, brought up with a six, was his first half century for the club and surpassed his previous best of 42 against Banstead last season (a fact that didn’t get flagged up in the statistical notes for that game – mea culpa).

Another debutant this week in Ned Rowland, who we suspect turned up expecting to play for the home side but found himself making up the eleven for the visitors and a big thank you to him for that. He bowled a tidy spell of left arm medium pace, took a wicket and a smart one-handed catch, but didn’t get a chance to show his prowess with the bat due to a mix up with Danny on the running between the wickets front.

PLEASE NOTE that there were a handful of changes made to the scorebook details after the fact, the boring detail of which can be found in the Statistical Sett.


13th May – Old Wimbledonians: 69 all out   Badgers: 72 for 4

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My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and there is little or no chance that anything will be now

Statistical Notes: Rob’s 4 for 29 were his best bowling figures since his only five-fer for the club against Horley in 2013 and had the skipper somehow clung on to a sprawling catch running back from gully towards short third man he might have bettered those figures.

Darrell carried his bat for the first time since his century against Cuddington Casuals in 2016, and for only the third time ever, although he required some generosity from the fielding side in doing so.

Danny Glover made his Badgers’ debut, clinging on to the only chance that came his way in the field and taking the same number of balls to score the same number of runs as the skipper when he batted, so a solid debut and here’s to many more games as a Badger.

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